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Australia & New Zealand's Largest Gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives

It's all here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo on the Gold Coast, where 1,500+ CIOs and senior IT executives will gain a strategic view of the emerging trends shaping IT and business. Through a powerful mix of Gartner analysts, industry experts, IT and business leaders and cutting edge solution providers, you’ll uncover new ways to approach critical challenges, confidently make impactful decisions and increase your effectiveness as a business leader.

Learn more about the value of Symposium/ITxpo, and hear what last year's attendees had to say

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is specifically designed for:
Roles Include:
  • Corporate-wide CIOs
  • Business unit CIOs
  • Senior IT leaders reporting to the CIO
Senior IT Executives

What You Will Learn

Exploring the top challenges faced by today's CIOs, this 4-day event focuses on:

  • Technology & Information – Understand the key initiatives and investments you'll need to undertake to create a future-proofed, adaptive digital core to support your business strategy for the next phase of digital transformation.
  • Business Strategy – Learn how to strike the right balance between shaping customer-focused initiatives with the day-to-day needs of your business with our technology predictions.
  • Leadership – Master competencies, sharpen your skills and create the culture, structure and relationships needed to find and keep digital talent to help your organization thrive.

Get the latest insights on to how to turn your vision into reality at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017:

Features & Benefits

Shaped by feedback from you and other CIOs to stay focused on only what is most relevant and useful, the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo experience includes:

What's Included

  • Access to all sessions, including Guest Speaker Keynotes, Industry Monday, Ask the Analyst sessions and Gartner Analyst Keynotes
  • (2) Two private Gartner analyst one-on-one meetings (30 minutes each)
  • Industry Program (Monday), which includes sessions, networking and guest speakers
  • ITxpo exhibit floor, where over 80 leading solution providers display products and services
  • Peer engagement at breakfasts, lunches and receptions
  • Wednesday night Special Event
  • Conference agenda planning through Gartner Events Navigator

Learn more about Pricing and Registration

Preview the one CIO event you don’t want to miss in 2017. Check out this short video!

Frequently Asked Questions

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This year’s agenda delivers the latest technology, business and leadership insights addressing your key priorities.

An agenda focused on your priorities

  • View the agenda at a glance
  • Be the first to hear the latest research and predictions to help you stay relevant
  • Explore key topics most critical to IT leaders today within the context of technology, leadership and business strategy
  • Stay ahead of the latest technology trends in security and risk, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, cloud and the future of experience
  • Grow your leadership influence and build a people-centric culture
  • Drive business growth with insights on disruption and innovation, platform economy and cost optimization

The Power of Networking

Tap into the power of peer engagement. Expand your network and your thinking at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo:

Industry Program

Each year, the first day of Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is dedicated to industry-focused content. Prepare for what’s happening in your industry — with a full day of networking, industry-specific presentations and end-user CIO stories on Monday, plus cross-industry sessions throughout the week, you won't want to miss it:

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 Executive Summary Report

Image Lead 360. Drive Digital to the Core
Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016 challenged CIOs and IT leaders to become panoramic thinkers in the new digital world: to see what’s happening all around you, to be open to new ideas and to look for innovations everywhere. This is what it means to lead 360, and how CIOs and IT leaders can drive digital to the core.

Throughout the event, attendees discovered how to lead and succeed in a digital world — learning from leaders in diverse fields and from one another. We heard how organizations of all sizes, from all around the world, are meeting the challenges of competing in a rapidly changing digital society. The following summary presents key content highlights from last year’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo.
"I've found Gartner Symposium to be the must-attend event for CIOs and aspiring IT professionals to gain the latest insights and trends for the future"

- Michael Clark, Executive Director Technology & Innovation Fair Work Ombudsman

"Wonderful event. Very insightful with some very compelling speakers. Will highly recommend my team to attend next year"

- Shirin Hamid, CIO ADB

"Fantastic event! Extremely informative. Attended 4 years in a row"

- Ashley Van Amstel, CIO NSW Rural Fire Service

Conference Overview

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Experience a rich assembly of forward-thinking speakers at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2017!


Featured Speakers

  • Barry Fitzgerald
    Barry Fitzgerald

    Chief Executive Officer

    Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd

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  • Chris Hadfield
    Chris Hadfield

    Astronaut/First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station

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  • Colin James
    Colin James
  • Tan Le
    Tan Le

    Founder & CEO


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  • Steve Mitchinson
    Steve Mitchinson

    A/ General Manager Driver and Vehicle Services

    Department of Transport

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  • Tom Ridsdill-Smith
    Tom Ridsdill-Smith

    VP Chief Digital Officer

    Woodside Energy

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  • Tony Crabbe
    Tony Crabbe

    Business Psychologist

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  • Izwan Hasli M Ibrahim
    Izwan Hasli M Ibrahim

    Chief Operating Officer

    Petronas ICT

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  • Professor Vivian Mitsogianni
    Professor Vivian Mitsogianni

    Deputy Dean of Architecture and Urban Design


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  • Paul Oppenheimer
    Paul Oppenheimer



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  • Matt Watkinson
    Matt Watkinson


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  • Barbara-Anne Bensted
    Barbara-Anne Bensted

    Chief Digital Officer

    Energy Queensland

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  • Sami Yalavac
    Sami Yalavac



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  • Professor Michael J. Biercuk
    Professor Michael J. Biercuk

    Professor of Quantum Physics and Quantum Technology

    University of Sydney

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  • Aniruddha Paul
    Aniruddha Paul

    Chief Information Officer

    ING Australia

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  • Luke Barlow
    Luke Barlow

    Group Manager of Information and Architecture

    Australian Energy Market Operator

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  • Yogesh Anand
    Yogesh Anand

    Information Technology & Change

    Inland Revenue Department NZ

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  • Mathew Crichton
    Mathew Crichton

    Chief Innovation and Information Officer

    Australian Settlements Limited

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  • Rob James
    Rob James

    Chief Technology Officer


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  • Paul Kennedy
    Paul Kennedy

    Chief Information Officer

    Petbarn Pty Ltd

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  • Anurag Madan
    Anurag Madan

    Chief Technical Officer

    Ministry of Social Development - New Zealand

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  • Steve Maidment
    Steve Maidment



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  • Peter O’Donoghue
    Peter O’Donoghue


    South East Water

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  • Teifi Whatley
    Teifi Whatley

    Executive General Manager, Customer & Technology


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  • Bob Hennessy
    Bob Hennessy

    Group Chief Information Officer


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  • Matt O'Mara
    Matt O'Mara


    New Plymouth District Council

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  • Alex Burton
    Alex Burton

    Head of Data and Decisioning Strategy - Retail Bank

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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  • Michael Draheim
    Michael Draheim


    Metro South Hospital

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  • Andrew McMullan
    Andrew McMullan

    General Manager, Customer Decisioning

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia

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  • Charles McHardie
    Charles McHardie


    Department of Human Services

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Gartner Analysts & Speakers


Meet the Solution Providers at the Forefront of Information Technology

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo helps you identify and explore technology and service providers to address your mission critical priorities as a CIO and IT leader. You'll receive exclusive access to some of the world's leading solution providers in a variety of settings. 

Venue & Travel

Gold Coast, Australia


Gartner Symposium/ITxpo will take place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive
Queensland, Australia - 4218


The Star (Formerly Jupiters)
Broadbeach Island
Gold Coast, Australia

81 Surf Parade
Gold Coast, Australia

Hotel Accommodation

The Gartner-reserved room blocks across The Star, Crowne Plaza and Sofitel are now SOLD OUT.
Gartner has secured a limited number of 2 bedroom residences at The Hilton Surfer’s Paradise at a discounted rate of $299 per room, per night for a Two Bedroom, Two Bathroom residence, subject to availability. If you would like to secure accommodation at The Hilton, please click here.
A credit card will be required to secure your booking.

For assistance please contact the Gartner Hotel Team by email symposium.hotels@veritas.com.au or on +61 2 8908 5633.

Please click here to read the hotel booking guide and FAQ's


By Air
The Gold Coast has its own domestic airport at Coolangatta, just 20 minutes south of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre with regular flights from all capital cities. Services are provided domestically by three airlines, Virgin, Tiger and Jetstar, and internationally through multiple Airlines. Brisbane International Airport is located just a one hour drive from Broadbeach.
Airport Shuttle Buses
Airport shuttles can be pre-booked by contacting the Gold Coast reservations team on +61 7 5554 5552 or email: info@goldcoasttransport.com.au

Taxi Service (no pre-booking required)
Gold Coast Cabs – 131 008
Taxi’s are available throughout the Gold Coast and operate on a metered system.  The approximate cost from the Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport to the Gold Coast Convention Centre is AUD$65, the approximate cost from the Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast Convention Centre is AUD$290.
Airport Transfers (required to pre-book service)
Point to Point Airport Transfers +61 7 5554 5552
Shuttle service Gold Coast Convention Centre to Gold Coast Coolangatta Airport $85 (1 – 3 passengers)
Shuttle service Gold Coast Convention Centre to Brisbane Airport $185
*Please contact Point to Point Transfers and advise you are with Gartner.  If you would like to organise a shared private service, please advise the friendly staff at Point to Point Transfers.
By Public Transport
To get to and from the Brisbane Airport, the closest train station is called Nerang. It is about 15 minutes by taxi or you can also catch a Surfside bus.
There is a bus stop directly in front of the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on the Gold Coast Highway. There are also taxi and limousine ranks at the main entrance. You can also access the rail line to Brisbane via a bus from Jupiters Hotel and Casino.
For more information contact: Surfside Buslines and Queensland Rail
G:Link (Light Rail)
There’s a new way to get around the central Gold Coast with G:link, Queensland’s first light rail system. Fast, frequent trams connect 16 stations along a 13 kilometre route from Broadbeach to Gold Coast University Hospital.  Guests staying at the Crowne Plaza will be able to enjoy a short one stop journey to the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo with the G:link stop directly outside the hotel and the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre!

Car Park & Driving
For driving and car parking information please click here for the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre’s website. A $10 inclusive of GST flat rate is charged for parking at the centre.